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Best ways to protect pipes in below-freezing weather

WHBQ Memphis 2/8/2021 Dominique Dillon

From using foam to insulate your pipes to running your faucets, plumbers shared the best way to keep your pipes from bursting.

“Once the temperature drops it starts to freeze and once the temperature starts to go back up. That’s when we have problems,” said James Loonie, Choate’s Air Conditioning Heating and Plumbing.

With days of below-freezing temperatures on the horizon, Choate’s Air Conditioning Heating and Plumbing is bracing for a big influx in calls to repair busted pipes.

“Sometimes we have to cap the lines off, talk to insurance companies depending on how much this could cost,” said Loonie.

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To keep this from happening to you, Loonie suggested insulating your pipes with foam or running your faucet to keep pipes from freezing.

“If you turn the cold water on, now water is going through the piping at all times. It will not freeze. And you don’t have to turn on all faucets,” said Loonie.

Loonie said water hose’s freezing makes up about 90 percent of pipe bursts.

“Main thing, take that off, leave the hose and put your cover on. You get at Home Depot or Lowes,” said Loonie.

Once again, it’s so important to make sure faucets are running because at Choate’s, they said when temperatures drop and pipes freeze.

They receive up to 75 calls a day.

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